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tmarieJul. 03, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
Stranger, did you read the comment that said fences are needed? for ALL train routes. I do believe wildlife does exist out there...
Posted in: Two boys aged 3 and 4 hit by train in Yamanashi; one dies
tmarieJul. 03, 2015 - 01:00PM JST
no i suspect the train was as safe as any could have been and the train crew operated as well as any could.
Clearly that is not the case if it took abouty 10 minutes for the train to stop after the alarm was pulled.
Personally, I welcome bags being scanned before boarding. If it is too much of a pain in the butt for some, don't travel that way. England and France have it for the train on the chunnel and it doesn't take that long. Nor does airport security when checking in.
And yes, JR is dodging their responsibility. Why on earth was smoke "allowed" to travel through that many carriages?
Posted in: Woman killed in bullet train fire suicide was on peace pilgrimage
tmarieJul. 01, 2015 - 02:19PM JST
I'm guessing some here don't realize that before the war Japan had one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Just like so many other things that folks here claim are "traditional" it is nothing but BS. And yes, she's old. So what? You thikn that is an excuse to allow her out of jail for BEATING her husband to death? Just think, had she gotten divorced, with her determination she could have built a nice company and lived a happy life.
Posted in: Woman who beat husband to death over affairs 36 years ago avoids jail time
tmarieJul. 01, 2015 - 02:17PM JST
They really should build fences along the tracks in that location (all the way).
No, they should not. Wildlife would be affected. How about... parents watch their kids? There's a thought.
tmarieJul. 01, 2015 - 02:15PM JST
So is Abe asking daycares to open earlier?
What a joke this is. There is nothing more than getting more "service sangyo" out of people Disgusting but not surprising with the Japanese government these days.
Posted in: Gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August
tmarieJun. 30, 2015 - 09:08AM JST
Poor kids. Died due to the lack of care by their care givers. I see this ALL the time around my place. Young kids outside, not adult supervision. I do not understand it for the life of me.
tmarieJun. 29, 2015 - 03:19PM JST
Whoa. You've gone from simple unhappy marriages to abusive relationships. Do not put words in my mouth please.
I'm very familiar with the gender index ranking. There are various reasons for lack of female participation. Hence my comments above a few posts ago as to why women don't get paid their worth here.
And yes, stats vs personal knowledge are often very different. I wouldn't deny that but suggesting Japan doesn't have an issue with women not wanting to work and rather staying in unhappiness is not true is laughable. Again, go back to the stats you listed with work participation. Care to offer up and suggestions?
I'm not denying "personal baggage" as you call it. I have first hand experience with unhappy parents. Though mine were smart enough to get a divorce rather than "stay together for the kids" which my mom had to go and get a job.
Less than idea? Can you can me an ideal country where women get paid their worth and unhappy marriages aren't an issue? We don't live in an ideal world. However, how one resolves and deals with those issues greatly differences. Here it seems many would rather stay put and try and ignore it all. Not the ideal for others.
tmarieJun. 29, 2015 - 01:31PM JST
I wish I would've kept receipts from two years ago to now. Prices have gone waaaaay up and sizes way down. Just this week I've noticed that my cheap bananas that cost 99 yen are now three for that price. Used to be four. Green peppers used to be five to a bag, now four. Abenomics is a joke. Don't know about the rest of you but I haven't seen a pay increase.
Posted in: Prices of chocolate, sauces, bread, other items to rise
tmarieJun. 29, 2015 - 01:26PM JST
Not at all. I have numerous divorced J mom friends. I also have a few that didn't get married when they found out they were pregnant. Nothing will change here if people use the old "staying together for the kids" excuse. Many here don't stay together for the same of the kids. They stay because for them its the easiest thing to do. Many would rather be in a miserable and unhappy marriage than get off their backside and work. And many men stay because they want to see their kids. Sorry but the whole "for the kids" is BS.
tmarieJun. 28, 2015 - 06:47PM JST
It IS current state of affairs. Foreigners are exempt from the one family, one name rule. You cannot use a hyphen, legally, when registering a birth here. You can, as a foreigner though, have a different family name from your spouse when registering the birth of a child. You do however have to decide which family name the child gets. You get TWO names only unless you have a with it city hall who might allow a middle name. Can't think if any other country with such pathetic rules when it comes to family and given names.
Posted in: Top court to hear arguments on Civil Code articles on remarriage, surnames
tmarieJun. 28, 2015 - 03:18PM JST
Whichever one the parents decide. Or a hyphenated name. Same as happens in other countries.
Wrong. Japan doesn't allow locals to register births with a hyphenated name. Nor do most city halls allow a middle name that isn't smashed together with the first name. So, no, not like most other countries. Japan needs to get with it and allow parents to do as they wish when it comes to names. And the whole six month wait for females is just so telling with how women are regarded here.
tmarieJun. 28, 2015 - 03:11PM JST
If you think a cheating dad is stable for kids we seriously disagree.
And anyone with kids gets what? Millions of moms file for divorce every year. They ARE putting their kids first by getting themselves out of an unhappy marriage. Unhappy mom isn't exactly the great model for kids.
You commented there was nothing these women could - and can - do. I call BS on it. Many do get out and more should. Many aren't thinking of the kids. Many are thinking its easier to stay and be looked after than go and work. Why do I know this? Because I've had plenty say it to me. You always like to think women here are the victims. Often they are not. Clearly in this case this woman is not the victim. The dead husband is.
tmarieJun. 28, 2015 - 07:30AM JST
Nathalie, BS. They could, you know, get a job? Kind of like what milliins of other women do in this country. Women get paid crap here because of attitudes like yours. Better to stay in an unhappy marriage for the kids? Yes because that doesn't teach the kids anything about relationships, right? Love and respect indeed. Many here should start with the selves and stop feeling sorry for themselves and become independent and find happiness. Is it hard? Sure but its not impossible.
I find it disgusting that this woman was so vindictive that she killed her husband - the man that put a roof over her head and fed her - and she walks. Is life here that poorly valued?
tmarieJun. 16, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
It's way, way up there. But I'm curious, which countries are safer? Let's get some numbers and compare them to other not so safe countries to see where Japan actually stands in the rankings
For men it might be way, way up there. I'm not going to comparing rankings when so much crime here goes unreoprted or ignored. You think every woman who has been felt up on a train goes to the local koban to file a report? Wasn't Osaka JUST taken to task a few months ago for altering their crime stats? Sorry but when you have a country that feels "women only" cars are needed on trains, you don' get to pat yourself on the back and claim that you are a "safety" country. I don't trust the stats nor rankings for Japan at all.
Posted in: Man stabbed while walking home in Hyogo
tmarieJun. 16, 2015 - 12:42PM JST
Please let me know where this utopia is, since I don't believe it exists in reality.
I don't believe once exists. Countries can be safer than others but I don't think there is such things as a "safe" country and Japan certainly isn't the safest.
Wc626, I agree. I see nothing wrong with anyone who is an adult being out at whatever time.
tmarieJun. 16, 2015 - 10:48AM JST
In a "safe" country one wouldn't get stabbed at 3:30 for buying smokes...
And I'm guessing you wouldn't be worried because you are male. Why not ask some of the female readers how they would feel walking home alone at 3:00. I used to do it but certainly wouldn't now.
tmarieJun. 16, 2015 - 10:45AM JST
And I'd like a million dollars. Are these people aware of the state of the health care system here and what is going to happen to it in the next few decades? If these people are more than happy to pay for it, great. Of not, laughable. Frankly, the system here is often abused by the elderly who seem to think clinics and hospitals are a place to chat and see friends. Start making older folks with the cash pay more. Having them pay, what 10% is it?, is a joke. It's one thing for some poor, housebound pensioner and another for some genki 75 year old with huge savings to be paying 10%.
200 suggestions? I have one. Stop treating medical care, clinics, hospital, medication... as a business and start asking those who use it most often to pay more if they are able to afford it. And many ARE able to afford it. It's the 2-40 somethings that can't afford supposed universal health care nor the 30% on top.
Posted in: The numbers show that people want home healthcare. But there’s nothing for them to ‘have’ yet — nothing comprehensive. Just looking at the demographics, the numbers show … it has to become a bigger part of the health-management system. There’s not enough people in the hospital to take care of all the patients.
tmarieJun. 09, 2015 - 11:00AM JST
We want this to be a place where Japanese people and foreign tourists alike can come, have a drink and enjoy themselves in safety.
Why couldn't this guy just say "people" instead of pointing out Japanese and foreigners?
Posted in: We don’t want to erase the atmosphere of the Kabukicho I knew when I was younger, but just force out the bad places. We want this to be a place where Japanese people and foreign tourists alike can come, have a drink and enjoy themselves in safety.
tmarieJun. 09, 2015 - 10:59AM JST
2) Women don't have babies in the big hospitals that you are describing. They go to birthing clinics.
Hahahahaha! Good joke!
Let's be honest, it's all about the money and your average J woman not really having a clue on how to care for a baby. No babysitting culture, few kids equals less chance of experience.
I beg to differ that J men are any more useless than their western counterparts. A quick chat with friends back home might open your eyes about how many men - and women - honesty have zero experience until they have their own.
Posted in: In Japan, women are usually kept in hospital for up to a week after giving birth, while in the West, if there are no complications, mothers usually go home the next day, or even less, as was the case with the Duchess of Cambridge, for example. Why the difference?
tmarieMay. 22, 2015 - 09:47AM JST
What I do I think? I like it is exactly like many other countries/cultures so there is nothing special about it. I'd love to see someone try and wear their shoes in my mom's house in Canada. She'd freak. And rightly so. As would I.
Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country?
Jul. 06, 2015 - 02:37AM JST
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Posted in: Fatal fire on airtight bullet train exposes lapses
Jul. 06, 2015 - 02:36AM JST
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Posted in: Married Sunday, fired Monday: next U.S. gay rights fight
Jul. 06, 2015 - 02:33AM JST
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Posted in: Man held for abandoning body of woman he met on suicide site
I know the developers, and the beneficiaries of property taxes, would blanch at the thought, but…
Posted in: Abandoned golf course in Kyoto to be used for 23-megawatt solar power plant
Jul. 06, 2015 - 02:22AM JST
Prediction... Iwabuchi makes the difference
Posted in: Women's World Cup win would rekindle Japan's love for soccer: Miyama